Colorado Chapter: 2018 Annual Meeting

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The Colorado Chapter of the Wildlife Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be in Grand Junction, CO from February 7-9, 2018.

Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • Plenary session on road ecology
  • Symposium on Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions
  • Contributed papers and IGNITE session
  • Welcome social, poster session, awards banquet


Venue and Lodging | Call for Papers | Meeting Agenda | Workshop | Symposium | Abstracts | Awards | Sponsors | Registration


The meeting will be held at the Double Tree Hilton in Grand Junction at 743 Horizon Drive in Grand Junction, CO 81506. Reservations can be made in the room block HERE.


Abstracts for presentations, posters, and IGNITE talks are due Monday, January 8, 2018. Please email abstract submissions for presentations and posters to Marcella Fremgen. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by email by Monday, January 15, 2017. Please email submissions for IGNITE talks to Krysten Zummo-Strong. Click HERE to download the Call for Papers and IGNITE talks and click HERE to download an abstract submission form.


The meeting will include a symposium/workshop in collaboration with the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies focusing on the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR project), an evening social, an IGNITE session, contributed paper presentations, poster session, and awards banquet. Click HERE for a tentative meeting adgenda.


Information will be updated as it becomes available.


Come to a one-day symposium on the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program at the Colorado Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting! Presenters will include biologists and researchers from Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, US Forest Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Hear about how this large, collaborative effort began in Colorado in 2008 and has since expanded to all or portions of 15 states. Learn about some challenges associated with such a large monitoring effort, how Bird Conservancy addressed those challenges, and the evolution of the program over the past ten years into the nation’s second largest monitoring program.
Speakers at the symposium will address the unique, rigorous sampling design behind IMBCR and highlight several applications for addressing management and conservation issues. Bird Conservancy biometricians will also explain new analyses to model avian trends across space and time.
Finally, Bird Conservancy biologists will hold a two-hour workshop on the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center (RMADC), which utilizes data collected from the IMBCR program and other Bird Conservancy projects. Bring your laptop and learn how to query data from the database and apply density and occupancy estimates at multiple scales to management decisions. There will be a lecture portion to go over key features of the RMADC and a hands-on section for users to query data in their region of interest.
Register for the symposium at The symposium will be held on Feb. 7th. See attached agenda for a list of presentations.??


Abstracts will be uploaded once papers and posters have been accepted.


We are currently seeking nominations for the following awards: Douglas L. Gilbert Award for Outstanding Achievement in Wildlife Sciences, Professional Achievement in Wildlife Management, Professional Achievement in Wildlife Education, Professional Achievement in Wildlife Law Enforcement, Honorary Chapter Membership, Allen E. Anderson Award for Outstanding Wildlife Undergraduate Student, Chapter Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, and the Blown Blunderbuss Award. For a description and history of awards, see our Awards page. Please send nominations for awards to Michelle Cowardin by Friday, January 12, 2018. Click HERE for the 2018 Call for Awards.


Sponsors will be recognized as information becomes available.


On-line meeting registration is OPEN. The banquet on Thursday night will have three meal options of Prime Rib, Chicken, or a Vegetarian opetion. Please choose one option at checkout. If you miss online registration, you may register in person at the CCTWS table in the hotel lobby outside the conference rooms (open 7:15 am to 12 noon on Wednesday or Thursday). Meeting registration includes the Wednesday welcome social, Thursday lunch, and Thursday night banquet. Single day registrations, including Symposium-Only registration, and Extra Banquet Ticket options are also available. Non-member meeting registration is $15 extra but includes a 1-year membership to CCTWS. See the list of numbered registration options below.


MEETING & SYMPOSIUM (Includes Wednesday welcome social, Thursday lunch, and Thursday Banquet)

(1) MEMBER Meeting and Symposium – $240

Banquet Meal Option

(2) NON-MEMBER Meeting and Symposium – $255 (includes 1-year CCTWS membership)

Banquet Meal Option

(3) STUDENT/RETIRED MEMBER Meeting and Symposium – $170

Banquet Meal Option

MEETING ONLY (Includes Wednesday welcome social, Thursday lunch, and Thursday Banquet)

(4) MEMBER Meeting Only – $190

Banquet Meal Option

(5) NON-MEMBER Meeting Only – $205 (includes 1 year CCTWS membership)

Banquet Meal Option

(6) STUDENT/RETIRED MEMBER Meeting Only – $120

Banquet Meal Option


(7) Registration for Wednesday’s Symposium ONLY – $50


(8) Registration for Thursday ONLY (banquet ticket sold separately)- $110


(9) Registration for Friday ONLY – $55



EXTRA BANQUET TICKET* (use to purchase 1 extra Banquet ticket, requires a separate PayPal transaction from registration options)

(10) Extra banquet ticket – $35